Throughout the past few weeks, amidst everything, a specific day and time has been stuck in my head. November 5th, 2016. Just a few days before the 2016 election day. A Black man named Joshua Beal was shot and killed by an off-duty officer, while Joshua Beal was leaving a funeral procession with his family. … Continue reading 4 Years Later…
"Self-love is a continuous manifestation of courage to keep on living as your most authentic self." -Bernike Effendi There is an emotional pain that I've been feeling more and more as I try my best to embody self-love. I have four tattoos and not one of them hurt. I ran into a pole last week … Continue reading Setting My Soul Free
Trigger warning: sexual assault/abuse content Take a moment right now to imagine a community you belong to. Any or all of them. Your church community, your school community, your family, social groups, sports, theater, co-workers, any group you belong to. Imagine those people who surround you. Some on a daily basis, some here and there, … Continue reading #MeToo
"In the end, we only regret the chances we didn't take, the relationships we were afraid to have, and the decisions we waited too long to make." - Lewis Carroll, a quote grabbed randomly from the quote jar today. Take a moment right now to think of 3 things you are so incredibly grateful for. … Continue reading This Life Is Yours
At 2:00pm during the week, you'll often find my teammates and I gathered in my coach's office. Some of us on the floor, some in the chairs, some peeping and hovering in from the hallway. We're often laughing at someone's silly mistake or ranting about the academic struggle, but almost always in good spirits. It … Continue reading The Facade
You can take the people out of the chapel, but you can't take the fire we have to bring them back. As many of you know and for those who don't, the administration of Saint Xavier University has taken quite a turn in the past year. In the University Mission and Ministry department more specifically, … Continue reading Where’s The Mercy?
Last summer when I was living in Kansas City, MO, I was working on small wooden boards for gardening one morning. Using a cordless power drill, I was drilling some screws into the boards to hold them together. If I drilled the screw into a certain part of the wood, sometimes the screw would get … Continue reading Healing Takes Time
On Saturday March 11th 2017, I celebrated my 21st birthday. As my birthday usually falls on my spring break, I'm either away from home or just arriving home from a spring break service trip. This year, I was just arriving home from Clinton, Iowa where I spent a week of service with the L'Arche community. … Continue reading It’s Time
Hi, My name is Rachal. I've never met you before, but I've heard about you. They told me you're the energetic one. That there was another you, but they like you more, the energetic, free flowing one. It's weird, they told me I looked just like you but I don't really see it. You're much … Continue reading Nice to meet you, Rachal.
Here is an accurate representation of what everyone thinks I do when I talk about running. I hope that was funny because it really seems accurate to me. Anyway, in high school and sometimes still in college, the phrase "Track or Die" is usually shared among runners after tiring workouts, painful races, an excuse out … Continue reading Track or Die – Literally